How Safe Are E-cigarettes?

E-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes) have been around for more than a decade, yet we don’t know enough about them. An e-cigarette is a battery-powered device with a mouthpiece, which allows you to heat up a small amount of solution (the e-liquid) inside a special little chamber. The heat vaporises the liquid, and allows you to “vape”…

Your Future Health and Cancer

We all make choices that alter our lives, such as moving abroad, changing jobs, or starting a family. When it comes to health, we all want to stay fit and well. But are we able to influence our future health? Some people believe the choices we make today actively impact on our health tomorrow. Others…

Funny Turns in Children

Funny turns are surprisingly common in children, and they are funny-strange, not funny-amusing. A funny turn describes something that happens quite suddenly, making your child behave, move or act in an odd way. Your child may even lose consciousness. A funny turn may be described as a seizure, fit, convulsion, collapse, spell, or faint. It…

A Good Night’s Sleep

A good night’s sleep should be the most natural thing in the world. When we get good sleep, we feel revived and better able to cope with anything. Everyone has the odd bad night of sleep. Some of us are unlucky enough to have frequent sleepless nights in a row. We may find it hard…

Caring for an Infant with Diarrhoea and Vomiting

Your toddler is not well. He is throwing up and has loose watery stool (poo). He normally goes to day care a few times a week and you’ve heard that other children have been unwell, too. This is a situation many parents/carers have experienced before. Gastroenteritis (gut infection, stomach bug, stomach flu, or an upset…

Exercise Makes You Happy and Healthy

Physically active for good health Are you as active as you’d like to be? Lots of people aren’t – in fact, around the world, the amount of physical activity we do is dropping all the time. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is so worried about our low activity levels that, for the first time ever,…

Children, Pregnancy, and Peanut Allergy

Peanuts at Christmas I’ve always loved monkey nuts (what peanuts in their shells are often called in the U.K.). I didn’t think they were particularly festive until several years ago, when I spent my first Christmas in Switzerland. I was charmed to see a Samichlaus (St. Nicholas) handing out little hessian sacks filled with peanuts.…

Let’s Talk About Stress

Stress is part and parcel of our lives. Even the word itself is the same in several languages, including German (der Stress) and French (le stress). Although stress is common and normal, we all react differently to stressful life situations. Stress triggers Stress can be activated by any events or challenges that happen in life.…